Gifts plea for refuge youngsters
AN appeal has been made to bring the magic of Christmas to children and teenagers escaping domestic abuse.
Nottingham-based Midland Women’s Aid is trying to raise £580 before Friday to buy presents for 26 children (budgeting £20 per child) with £60 extra cash to buy items such as rechargeable batteries and wrapping paper.
Chief executive Catherine Saunders says “Christmas is the time of year where the rate of domestic abuse in the household increases and children are more likely to witness the abuse or become a victim themselves. We see an increase in referrals at this time.
“We provide 10 units of refuge accommodation and, sadly, we are full all year and often must turn families away.
“We do our best to ensure these families have a great time. However, due to limited funding, we cannot provide new gifts and seasonal items. We rely heavily on donations and fund raising.
“This Christmas we will have 26 children with ages ranging from 3 -17 years old. By supporting this appeal, you can help us to make this Christmas a safe, abuse free and positive experience for them.” ■■To support the appeal, visit: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ mwachristmas